Foley named first-team All-Big Ten for second consecutive year

University Park, Pa. — Senior Penn State golfer Kevin Foley (Somerville, N.J.) was named to the 2009-10 first-team All-Big Ten team for the second consecutive year as the Big Ten Conference office announced its post-season awards Tuesday.

Foley is just the sixth Nittany Lion to be named a conference team member and is the first Nittany Lion to acclaim back-to-back first-team recognition in Penn State men's golf history. Foley was also identified by the conference as the 2006-07 Big Ten Freshman of the Year.

Ranked No. 48 in the country according to Golfweek, Foley has guided the Nittany Lions to success while breaking school records along the way. By winning the 2010 Rutherford Intercollegiate golf tournament, Foley's individual tournament titles climbed to six, good for the most individual titles by a Penn State golfer, passing the five titles of former Lions Robert Rohanna and Dirk Ayers.

Ending the 2009-10 regular season, Foley carded first-place finishes at the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate and the Rutherford Intercollegiate before heading into Big Tens. His performances guided the Nittany Lions to a second and first-place finish and earned him Big Ten Golfer of the Week on April 14.

Five additional golfers join Foley's name as first-team All-Big Ten including conference Player of the Year, Illinois' Scott Langley, 2010 Big Ten Champion Northwestern's David Lipsky. Illinois' Chris DeForest and Luke Guthrie, and Minnesota's Ben Pisani.

The conference also announced their annual 11 sportsmanship honorees, celebrating the individual of each team who have "distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior," said conference officials. Foley was chosen as the recipient for Penn State, adding to his post-season awards with his academic accomplishments and good citizenship off of the links.

Teams must now wait for their post-season fate to be announced May 10, when the NCAA regional participant lists are released. The Nittany Lions are eligible for a regional placement and will look to make their 20th appearance in past 21 years.

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Last Updated May 07, 2010